The birth of your first baby brings forth what I fondly refer to as "the avalanche". The absolute onslaught of advice and anecdotes that comes at you from every direction.
You may never have spoken to Mary in Accounts prior to your maternity leave but now, she’s front and centre imparting her wisdom on the right time to start solids. And the avalanche doesn’t stop as your little ones get bigger and you expand your family.
If anything, it gathers more steam.
You’d think, with all those words flying around that nothing could surprise you about having kids. That you’d been told all there was to know.
But nobody tells you about time.
Or more specifically, the way it seems to speed up and disappear right before your very eyes.
Even more sneakily, the more your family grows, the older your kids get, the less time there seems to be in the day. Where once you spent almost every waking hour with your baby and toddler, it dwindles down to a couple of hours a day once the kids hit school age. Add in work, extracurricular activities, the 1737 trips you need to make to the supermarket each week to feed your growing brood and the depletion continues.
Ironically, it’s around this time that you realise that time, especially time spent with family, is the most precious commodity you’ve got.
Yes, the toddler years of cartoons were great, but have you ever completely annihilated your 11-year-old in a gripping round of racing in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch? It truly is a feeling like no other.
My kids are 6, 9, and 11, and with my husband and I both working outside of the home, time isn’t always on our side. And while we can’t magically make more hours in the day, our family has been focusing on ways to make the most of the pockets of time we do have together.